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My TSH level was 6.2 and now it's 3.4 after increasing my thyroid medicine. What does this mean? What is a normal range?

My TSH level was 6.2 and now it's 3.4 after increasing my thyroid medicine. What does this mean? What is a normal range?

Good: That is good. That means the levothyroxine is working. Tsh will go up when there is a deficit of thyroid hormone. The "normal" range is tight and can be found on the lab report. Different labs will have slightly different ranges. ...Read more

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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Definition)

A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and tells the thyroid gland to make and release the hormones thyroxine ...Read more


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My TSH levels are 0.344. What does this mean and are there any symptoms associated with these levels?

My TSH levels are 0.344. What does this mean and are there any symptoms associated with these levels?

1 of 3 things: Hi. If your TSH is 0.344, which is just slightly below the normal range, it could be: 1) normal, no thyroid disease (the "normal range EXCLUDES 5% of normal values), 2) mildly "hot" (autonomously hyperfunctioning) nodule(s), or 3) your doctor checked it while it was heading down. Recheck in 6 weeks: Stable at 0.3 or now normal; just follow. Further down, hyperthyroid. Check free T4 & T3 (liothyronine). Thy scan ...Read more

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MY TSH LEVEL IS 12.22 WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Under active thyroid: TSH level is elevated when the thyroid is under active (hypothyroidism). Depending on the reference range for the lab performing the test, this level would be mildly elevated, suggestive of hypothyroidism. Your doctor may want to repeat the test to confirm and look at the clinical picture to decide treatment is needed. ...Read more

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My TSH level came 9.1? what does it mean?

My TSH level came 9.1? what does it mean?

Repeat: A one time elevation of a blood test should be verified. Your doc will likely repeat it and then do further tests of thyroid function. It may mean that your thyroid is not functioning properly, which can be due to hypothyroidism, which is a very common disease and easily treated. But other things can cause it and your doctor has more info on you: ask him/her. ...Read more

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My TSH level is 5.2 what does that meanĀ ?

Low thyroid: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, The level is just above the level that is considered indicative of thyroid deficiency. Did you also have free T4 test done, if so what was the result? It would be prudent to see your doctor as you may need thyroid medication. ...Read more

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What does a Thyrotropin TSH level 1.4 mean?

What does a Thyrotropin TSH level 1.4 mean?

Normal: Hi. At face value and in the vast majority of cases, that TSH represents normal thyroid fountain; the one exception would be pituitary disease. That's why we endocrinologists always get a TSH and a free T4. But in the VAST majority of cases, TSH alone is OK, and yours is good and normal. To your health! ...Read more

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My TSH level is a 10.3. What does that mean?

It is high.: This means it is high. The normal range is approximately 0.4-5.0 mu/l. Your level is 10.3. This is highly indicative of hypothyroidism and more tests, especially thyroid, are needed. It is wise to see your doctor and get a full work-up. ...Read more

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My TSH level is low 0.43 what does this mean exactly?

My TSH level is low 0.43   what does this mean exactly?

More workup: Currently, it points to hyperthyroidism but you need to complete the work up to know for sure. At the very least, i would repeat the TSH along with the free hormones T4 and t3 (liothyronine). If they also point to hyperthyroidism, then proceed further to find the exact cause for this. Tsh alone does not give you a complete picture. ...Read more

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Thyroid - TSH levels less than 0.05. Is this normal? What does this mean?

Thyroid - TSH levels less than 0.05. Is this normal? What does this mean?

Likely hyperthyroid: but rarely due to a pituitary problem. See endocrinologist, SOON!!! ...Read more